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« on: March 07, 2016, 11:48:32 AM »

I can identify only 9 songs from 1962-1985 that have the following characteristics:

 - One Lead Singer
 - No Harmony vocals by others (double or multi tracking the lead vocal is allowed)
 - No background harmonies, counter melodies, oohhs, ahhs, etc. (not even the slightest additional vocals other than the lead singer are allowed)
 
Oddly, all of the songs I can identify are from the 1960's and only the Wilson brothers get the spotlight.  Please correct me if I have forgotten anything or made a mistake:

Your Summer Dream, 1963, Brian
In the Back of My Mind, 1965, Dennis
Girl Don't Tell Me, 1965, Carl
Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), 1966, Brian
Caroline, No, 1966, Brian
I'd Love Just Once to See You, 1967, Brian
How She Boogalooed It, 1967, Carl
Be Still, 1968, Dennis
Busy Doin' Nothing, 1968, Brian

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2016, 11:57:06 AM »

Blue Christmas, 1964, Brian
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2016, 11:59:14 AM »

Blue Christmas, 1964, Brian

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2016, 12:01:03 PM »

Does the unreleased "4th of July" count?
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2016, 12:01:58 PM »

Sorry, I removed as I didn't see Busy Doin Nothing on your list. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2016, 12:02:34 PM »

Does the unreleased "4th of July" count?

Oh man, if I started counting unreleased stuff this list would be a heckuva lot longer!
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2016, 12:03:28 PM »

I thought I read on here that Marilyn sang on "Busy Doin' Nothin'".
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2016, 12:13:34 PM »

I thought I read on here that Marilyn sang on "Busy Doin' Nothin'".

Indeed you did.

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,5525.msg69787.html#msg69787
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2016, 12:21:07 PM »

I can identify only 9 songs from 1962-1985 that have the following characteristics:

 - One Lead Singer
 - No Harmony vocals by others (double or multi tracking the lead vocal is allowed)
 - No background harmonies, counter melodies, oohhs, ahhs, etc. (not even the slightest additional vocals other than the lead singer are allowed)
 
How do background vocals by the lead singer count?
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2016, 12:33:55 PM »


Thank you so much.  So, I will cross off Busy Doin' Nothin' and Add Blue Christmas.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2016, 01:08:31 PM »

I can identify only 9 songs from 1962-1985 that have the following characteristics:

 - One Lead Singer
 - No Harmony vocals by others (double or multi tracking the lead vocal is allowed)
 - No background harmonies, counter melodies, oohhs, ahhs, etc. (not even the slightest additional vocals other than the lead singer are allowed)
 
How do background vocals by the lead singer count?

I wouldn't count them, but then there's the situation of Surfer Moon, which is Brian harmonizing with himself... a grey area!
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2016, 02:19:14 PM »

winter symphony? guess it don't count, it wasn't released til after.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2016, 07:43:16 PM »

"I'd Love Just Once to See You" has a "bah bah bah" harmony part and then counterpoint/doo doo's at the fade.
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2016, 07:56:41 PM »

winter symphony? guess it don't count, it wasn't released til after.
Isn't Al singing along with Brian? It sure sounds like him.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2016, 08:06:47 PM »

What about the middle section of "In the Back of My Mind"? That has Brian and Carl singing in harmonies together.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2016, 08:52:12 PM »

winter symphony? guess it don't count, it wasn't released til after.
Isn't Al singing along with Brian? It sure sounds like him.

just checked the liner notes. It says:
produced by Brian Wilson & Al Jardine.
Lead vocal: Brian (no mention of Al in credits)
Al recalls it being done a year or two before 1977. Notes say basic
track recorded 1975 or 76.
Vocals and sweeting done in 1977.  

liner notes by Brad Elliot.
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2016, 06:23:29 AM »

winter symphony? guess it don't count, it wasn't released til after.
Isn't Al singing along with Brian? It sure sounds like him.

just checked the liner notes. It says:
produced by Brian Wilson & Al Jardine.
Lead vocal: Brian (no mention of Al in credits)
Al recalls it being done a year or two before 1977. Notes say basic
track recorded 1975 or 76.
Vocals and sweeting done in 1977. 

liner notes by Brad Elliot.
Just going by my ears, is all.
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Thou Art In Hawthorne,
Harmonied Be Thy name
Your Kingdom Come,
Your Steak Well Done,
On Stage As It Is In Studio,
Give Us This Day, Our Shortenin' Bread
And Forgive Us Our Bootlegs,
As We Also Have Forgiven Our Wife And Managers,
And Lead Us Not Into Kokomo,
But Deliver Us From Mike Love.
Amen.  ---hypehat
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2016, 06:17:47 AM »

I can identify only 9 songs from 1962-1985 that have the following characteristics:

 - One Lead Singer
 - No Harmony vocals by others (double or multi tracking the lead vocal is allowed)
 - No background harmonies, counter melodies, oohhs, ahhs, etc. (not even the slightest additional vocals other than the lead singer are allowed)
 
How do background vocals by the lead singer count?

I wouldn't count them, but then there's the situation of Surfer Moon, which is Brian harmonizing with himself... a grey area!


Bass vocal is Mike.
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2016, 06:22:01 AM »

The rarest Beach Boys song is a good SiP song.  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2016, 10:55:06 PM »

The rarest Beach Boys song is a good SiP song.  Cheesy

So Lahaina Aloha then?
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2016, 03:06:19 AM »

The rarest Beach Boys song is a good SiP song.  Cheesy

Haha. Or... a song with a spoken section. There can't be too many of those. That's excluding studio instructions, informal chat and "talk tracks" (and that awful business at the start of "TM Song")...

Songs on which a Boy or Boys speak as well as sing:**    
- Lonely Sea (Brian)
- Finders Keepers (Mike)
- Drive-In (Mike)
- The Little Girl I Once Knew (Mike)
- She's Goin' Bald (Brian and Mike)
- Busy Doin' Nothin' (Brian)
- At My Window (Brian)
- Games Two Can Play (Brian)
- Santa Ana Winds (Alan)*
- The Beaks Of Eagles (Alan and Mike)*
- Summertime Blues (Mike)*
- Amusement Parks USA (who?)*
- Please Let Me Wonder (Carl----or does someone else say "I love you"?)*  
- H.E.L.P. Is On The Way
- Child Of Winter*
- Good Time (Brian----"Hey!")*
- Beach Boys Stomp (mob-handed----"Karate!")*
- Custom Machine (Mike----"Step on the gas she goes...")
- Do You Remember (Brian----"Goodness gracious great balls of fire!"
- TM Song (a mob-handed mess)*

Songs on which only others speak:
- County Fair*
- The Trader*

Debated:
- Wonderful (SS version) [not sure if any of the Boys speak during the "hash den" section]  

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** Instrumentals where the title is shouted/spoken don't count. "Beach Boys Stomp" is an exception because they shout "Karate!"

All corrections and additions most welcome
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2016, 03:25:47 AM »

"Santa Ana Winds".
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2016, 04:41:37 AM »

"Santa Ana Winds".

Yes indeed, with Alan speaking, I assume. Thanks, Andrew.
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2016, 06:12:35 AM »

The "Not my boys" in Don't Back Down is similar enough to the "Split man" in LGIOK that if you count one I think you have to count the other.
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2016, 06:18:23 AM »

Does "The Beaks of Eagles" count as a talk track?
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